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In a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries - when, indeed, many are beginning to dare to hope that Thread will never fall again - a boy is born to Harper Hall. His name is Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known.

It is a perilous time for harpers. They sing of Thread, yet more and more people are beginning to doubt the return of that deadly scourge. They teach reading, writing, history, but Fax - who hates the harpers in general - is determined to keep his growing area of influence free of the learning that might sow unrest. And they extol the dragonriders, whom many view increasingly as a drain on the resources of the Holds. Now harpers are being turned away from the holds; and, worse yet, they are being derided, attacked, even beaten.

It is the climate of unrest that Robinton will come into his own. For despite the tragedies that beset his own life, he continues to believe in music and in the dragons, and is determined to save his beloved Pern from itself . . .so that the dragonriders can be ready to fly against the dreaded Thread when it at last returns!

©2005 Anne McCaffrey (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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Generally very enjoyable, some minor flaws

This is one of the better sequels, or in this case a prequel, to McCaffrey's original six Pern novels. Robinton is a great character and although she makes him suffer more disappointment in life than anybody should bear, McCaffrey fills in a lot of interesting "historical" detail leading up to Dragonquest. However, she sometimes errs in the details (how could Sebell simultaneously be an adolescent journeyman when Fax takes Ruatha hold and still be the same age some twenty years later when Menolly arrives at the Harper hall?)

The narrator is generally very good and uses a variety of voices. My only quibble is that children and adolescent boys sound a bit too whiny and are delivered with a vaguely distracting NY/NJ style accent.

Overall, highly enjoyable. I would order it again.

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terrible narrative. awesome book

terrible narrator best book written love mccaffrey. wont recommend audible but will recommend book

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Plot holes galore, but more of Robinton

Would you listen to The Masterharper of Pern again? Why?

Unfortunately, and in spite of the preface claiming someone found all the plot holes, there is a lot wrong with this book. The final chapter, which mirrors the very first book's opening chapters, is just so very off. Then there's the fact that Robinton spoke to dragons when he was young, but he somehow never knew that in the original books....

Ah well. He falls in love, etc. and it brings together so many characters from the books. The Lady Holdless makes a brief cameo. You find out where Camo came from. Lessa shows up as a child. Parts of the story that (when they fit) are great to hear.

My main criticism of the performance is that Dick Hill can NOT play a girl to save his life. He is always making them weepy and gaspingly emotional. Not one of the women comes off as strong or sensible. I'm glad I have the story, but it's not one I listen to often.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predicted by earlier books

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Robinton's predecessor as master Harper was just about right.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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Chronologically

The Masterharper of Pern Tells the story of Robinton as a child and up to the events of the first book in the Dragonriders of Pern. climaxing with the search that found Lessa rider of Queen Ramoth.

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Just want to read the book but it will only play audible. Not happy

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Finally the life of the Master Harper

Ever wonder how Master Robinton became the Master Harper of Pern. What it was like for him to grow up or about his parents. why the Master Harper doesn't have a mate. The answers are here. From his birth to the start of Dragon Flight . Ann McCaffrey gives us the Master Harper of Pern and all his connections to those he loves and love him. Dick Hill did a great job of telling the story, of course the falsettos were a little rough but worth the listen.

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worst narrator around

horrible voices, lack of understanding of work being read, made me wonder if this was a legitimate reading of the book

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ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL

I was so pleased with how it was read and performed can't wait to hear him again

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Wonderful

I can’t believe I missed reading this book. The story of Harper Robinton The book fills many gaps in the Pern story. I had the honor of having tea with Ann McCaffery in the early 90’s with my family when we were in Ireland. She was a delightful hostess. She my husband retired army shared stories about her brother wbo served during the same time as my husband. My daughter was thrilled as I had read Dragon Singer to her the year prior to our visit. I thought I had read all of Ann’s books when I found this on audible and gave it to myself for my 75th birthday. A must read!😍

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loved reading

I loved reading the book, and I loved listening to it also. I loved the reader.